Writing Competitions

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Please note that apart from the Creative Writing Ink Free to Enter Competition and the Writing Prompt competition, all other listings are for external competitions. If you have a question about these competitions, please contact the competition organisers by clicking the website link in each listing. Unfortunately, we cannot assist with queries on external competitions. […]

WriteTime Short Story Competitions

The WriteTime Short Story Competitions are open to writers aged over 60. Closing dates are 31 March, 30 June, 30 September, 31 December 2020. Submit up to 1,500 words. Entry fee: £3 for one story and £5 for two stories First prize is £50. Prizes for two runners-up £25 each. Winners and highly commended stories […]

Science me a Story

Science me a Story is a contest for short scientific stories for children. Open to any adult aged 18 and over. Deadline: 20th April 2020 Submit stories relating to the scientific method and the everyday life of a scientist, amongst other topics, to achieve engaging scientific communication. The competition has both English and Spanish categories. […]

Chester Cathedral Young Poet Competition

The Chester Cathedral Young Poet Competition is open until March 31, 2020. Free to enter. Theme: Journeys Judge: Carol Bromley Submit poems up to 40 lines. There are two categories: 16-18 and 19-25. Prizes: £25, £15, £10 in book tokens More here.

Two Prints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps Scriptwriting Competition

The Two Prints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps Scriptwriting Competition is open until March 31, 2020. Free to enter. Open to anyone over 18 in the UK. The winner will receive a cash prize of £1,000. Submit an opening scene between 750-1000 words based on Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of […]

Reflex Fiction Flash Fiction Competition

The Reflex Fiction Flash Fiction Competition is a quarterly international competition for stories between 180 and 360 words. Prizes: £1,000, £500, £250. Entry Fee: Choose your own! 50 long-listed authors will be offered publication in a print anthology and they will receive a free copy. They will also publish one story on their website every […]

Live Canon Competitions 2020

There are three 2020 Live Canon Competitions. The first is the 2020 Live Canon Collection Competition (for full collections). It’s open until May 25, 2020. Entry fee: £12 Prizes: There is a category for first collections, and a category for second and subsequent collections. 3 books will win a publication contract with Live Canon. The […]

SmokeLong Quarterly Award for Flash Fiction

The SmokeLong Quarterly Award for Flash Fiction is open until May 24, 2020. They will publish an all-contest issue of the journal in June. There’s a grand prize of $2000, second prize of at least $200, third prize of at least $100, and $50 to all other finalists, all published in the issue. Non-Anglo stories […]

Shooter 2020 Short Story Competition

The Shooter 2020 Short Story Competition is open until May 31, 2020. Submit up to 5,000 words. Any theme or genre. Entry Fee: £7 per story or £10 for two. All entrants will receive an e-copy of Shooter’s Winter 2021 issue, in which the winning story will appear. The winner will receive £400 and publication […]

Bitesize Stories Flash Fiction Contest

The Bitesize Stories Flash Fiction Contest is a monthly competition. Free to enter. Submit up to 999 words. There is no set theme, genre or subject matter. The winner will receive £30 and publication. The best entries will also be published. More here.

International Welsh Poetry Competition 2020

The International Welsh Poetry Competition 2020 is open until May 31, 2020. Prizes: £500, £250, £100. Judge: Sally Spedding Submit poems of up to 50 lines. Entry fee: £6 More here.

Dream of Shadows Writing Competition

The Dream of Shadows Writing Competition is open until February 29, 2020. Submit fantasy and horror short fiction, up to 1500 words. Theme: Rebirth Entry fee: £7 for the first entry, £5 for every additional entry Prize: £300 More here.

The Alpine Fellowship Prizes 2020

The Alpine Fellowship Writing Prize 2020 is open until April 1, 2020. Free to enter. Theme: Forgiveness and Retribution. The winner will receive £10,000. Poet John Burnside will present the award. Second prize is £3,000 and third is £2,000. The winner and two runners up are invited to attend the Fjällnäs symposium. The Alpine Fellowship […]

Phoenix Writes Playwriting Competition

The Phoenix Writes Playwriting Competition is open until March 31, 2020. The competition comes from the Congleton based Phoenix Theatre Company. Submit one-act plays with a running time of no more than 20 minutes. The five finalist plays will then chosen to be performed at the Daneside Theatre, Congleton, where the winning play will be […]

Creative Future Writers’ Award 2020

The Creative Future Writers’ Award 2020 is open until May 31, 2020. Free to enter. This competition is for under-represented writers in the UK only. To find out more, visit their website. Theme: Tomorrow Submit poems of up to 42 lines or fiction of up to 2,000 words. Prizes: 12 winners will receive £13,000 in […]

Caterpillar Poetry Prize 2020

The Caterpillar Poetry Prize 2020 is open until March 31, 2020. Judge: Roger McGough Submit a poem suitable for 7–11-year olds. The prize is open to anyone over 16, and the poem can be on any subject. The winner will receive €1,000 and the winning poem will feature in the summer 2020 issue of The […]

WOW! Women On Writing Contests

The WOW! Women On Writing Q2 2020 Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest is open until January 31, 2020. Submit creative nonfiction essays on any topic (200 – 1000 words) and in any style–from personal essay and memoir to lyric essay and hybrid, and more. Cash prizes are: $500, $300, $200. The top three entries will also […]

Kenneth Branagh Award for New Drama Writing

The Kenneth Branagh Award for New Drama Writing is open until March 5, 2020. Amateur playwrights world-wide are invited to submit unpublished one-act plays. Each play must be no more than 30 minutes long, have a cast of no more than six actors, and be suitable for staging in a studio theatre. Three scripts will […]

The Henshaw Competition

The Henshaw Short Story Competition is open until March 31, 2020. Submit a short story on any theme up to 2000 words.  Prizes: £200, £100, £50 Entry Fee: £6 The winning entries will also be published on the Henshawpress website and in an anthology. More here.

Limnisa Short Story Competition 2020

The Limnisa Short Story Competition 2020 is open until March 29, 2020. Free to enter. Submit short stories up to 1,000 words. The subject should be loosely inspired by the text and/or picture on their website. Submit one story only. Open to anyone (18 or older) worldwide. First prize is a one week, all inclusive, […]

2020 Bristol Short Story Prize

The 2020 Bristol Short Story Prize is open until April 30, 2020 (midnight BST). Submit stories up to 4,000 words. Stories can be on any theme or subject and are welcome in any style. Prizes: £1,000, £500, £250. 17 further prizes of £100 will be presented to the remaining shortlisted writers. 20 stories will be […]

Wild Poem Competition

The Wild Poem Competition is open until February 29, 2020. In keeping with the Wild! theme of Cheltenham Poetry 2020 Festival, the competition is for a poem inspired by that theme. Your entry should contain no more than 70 lines. Prizes: £200, £75, £25. Entry Fees: £3 per entry or £10 for four entries, if […]

Fowey Festival Short Story Competition

The Fowey Festival Short Story Competition is open until March 16, 2010. Submit short stories up to 1,500 words. Stories must have the title “Not After Midnight”. Prizes: £100, £75 Entry Fee: £5 More here.

Fiction Factory Short Story Competition

The Fiction Factory Short Story Competition is open until 15th March, 2020. Submit up to 3,000 words, on any subject (no children or young adult fiction). Prizes: £150, £50 and £25. The winning stories will be published in an anthology. Fee: £ 6 Judge: Tim Symonds More here.

MTP Short Story Competition

The MTP Short Story Competition is open from December 1, 2019-February 29, 2020. Submit short stories of up to 3,000 words. Open to writers worldwide, writing in English. Entry fee £5 per story Winners announced March 16, 2020 Prizes: £400, £300, £200, and publication in the MTP Anthology (print book and ebook) More here.

Write On Art Prize

The Write On Art Prize is open until March 31, 2020. The prize is sponsored by Art UK and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art. Free to enter. Open to young art writers aged 15–18. Pick one artwork featured on the Art UK website and write about it. What does it say […]

The Wicked Young Writer Awards 2020

The Wicked Young Writer Awards 2020 are open until March 2, 2020. Free to enter. The competition is open to 5 to 25-year olds, in the UK and Ireland. Cressida Cowell is this year’s head judge. There are five age categories: 5-7, 8-10, 11-14, 15-17, 18-25. Submit a piece of writing on a theme or […]

Christopher Tower Poetry Prize 2020

The Christopher Tower Poetry Prize 2020 is open until March 2, 2020. Free to enter. Open to students between 16-18 years of age who are educated in the UK. Submit poems of up to 48 lines. Theme: Trees Prizes: £3,000, £1,500, £500, 4 runner-up prizes of £250. The top three winners will also be offered […]

Soundwork Short Story Competition

The Soundwork Short Story Competition is open until April 30, 2020. Free to enter. Submit short stories up to 2,500 words, any style and theme. Prize: Recording by professional actor and placement on Soundcloud and the soundwork-uk.co.uk website. More here.

Enfield Poets’ Competition

The Enfield Poets’ Competition is open until 7th March 2020. Judge: Ruth Padel Submit poems of up to 50 lines. Any theme or form. Prizes: £500, £250, £100. The winning poems will be published on the Enfield Poets’ website. Entry Fee: £4 per poem or £10 for 3 More here.

Creative Writing NZ Flash Fiction Competition

The Creative Writing NZ Flash Fiction Competition is an ongoing monthly competition. No entry fee. Submit one story each month. Open theme, up to 1,000 words.

Free to Enter Creative Writing Ink Competition

Our Creative Writing Ink competition is open to writers of any nationality or age. Free to enter. Closing Date: Last date of every month. We’re looking for poetry, up to 40 lines. Open theme. You just have to submit your poem to us to info@creativewritingink.co.uk with “Creative Writing Ink Monthly Competition” in the subject line. […]

Writing Prompt Competition

We also run another free to enter competition, which is our writing prompt competition. It runs every two months. Prize: The prize changes every two months. For full details, please visit our Writing Prompts page.

The Writing Quarter Competition

The Writing Quarter Competition is a free to enter short story competition. The deadline is the last day of each month. Submit short stories of up to 3,000 words. Open theme. Monthly prize is AUD$30. The winning author will also be given the option to publish their story on the website. The competition is open to […]

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